East Africa Law Society

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East Africa Law Society
East Africa Law Society logo.jpg
Motto"Rule of Law and Justice for all in an Integrated East African Region"
TypeProfessional association
PurposeRule of Law and Justice for all in an Integrated East African Region
HeadquartersEALS House, Plot No. 310/19, PPF AGM Area, PPF Road off Njiro Road, Arusha, Tanzania
Region served
East Africa
Over 17,000 members
Official language
Mr.Willy Rubeya
Vice President
Ms Sarah Mhamilawa
Secretary General
Ms Asmahaney Saad
Deputy Secretary General
Barbara Malowa

Main organ
Annual General Meeting
AffiliationsInternational Bar Association

The East Africa Law Society (EALS) is the regional Bar Association of East Africa formed in 1995 and incorporated in Tanzania. The EALS has over 17,000 individual members, and also has seven national Bar associations as members: Law Society of Kenya,[1] Tanganyika Law Society,[2] Uganda Law Society[3], Zanzibar Law Society, Rwanda Bar Association[4] and Burundi Bar Association[5].The South Sudan Bar Association is the latest Bar Association to join the Society following South Sudan’s acceptance as a member of the East African Community.[6]

The East Africa Law Society works to promote good governance and the rule of law in the East African region and enjoys formal Observer Status with the East African Community[7] and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. EALS is also a member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect[8] under which leaders of every country solemnly promise to protect their people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.

EALS' top decision-making organ is the Annual General Meeting [1] held annually at which legal professionals come together to review the previous year's developments and to chart a way forward for the year ahead.


  1. ^ http://www.lsk.or.ke
  2. ^ "Tanganyika Law Society - Law Association". tls.or.tz.
  3. ^ http://www.uls.or.ug
  4. ^ http://rwandabar.org/rba/default.aspx[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.burundibar.org
  6. ^ "About". East Africa Law Society. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.eac.int/eac-institutions
  8. ^ http://responsibilitytoprotect.org/index.php/component/content/article/129-africa/2309-icrtop-participates-in-eastern-africa-civil-society-forum-eacsof-rtop-included-in-final-communique-